Honoring the Passing of Elder Malidoma Somé

Honoring the Passing of Elder Malidoma Somé

I wish to honor and thank Elder Malidoma Somé, the man who brought stick divination to the west and shared the wisdom of the cosmology of the Dagara people of West Africa. Elder Malidoma passed away today December 9, 2021. He was born in 1956.  Though I never met him,...
Who are the Elemental Beings?

Who are the Elemental Beings?

In the West African tradition I am initiated into, the elemental beings are called the  kontomble, (the little people or, more literally, the one who comes to the bell). In the Italian tradition they are called le fate. Essentially, these elemental beings are the same...
Why Ancestor Work is Important

Why Ancestor Work is Important

The ancestors are a major part of divination and many other kinds of spiritual work. This can be perplexing for some who have no relationship to their ancestors and downright disturbing for those who feel they do not like their ancestors. The way I like to look at it...
Understanding the Meaning of True Compatibility

Understanding the Meaning of True Compatibility

In the middle of a group divination inquiring into the properties of oil, when I stated aloud that oil and water are not compatible, I was given a very big scolding by the wedeme (elemental beings of the wild). What they told me next was compelling to me. I wish to...